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Old 07-09-2007, 06:53 AM   #1
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What tires brands has folks here used and had good experience with? I'm on a budget and have found Kelly-Springfield tires at a local tire for an out-the-door price of $122 for two (Unless she meant $122 each.. hmm)

I'm avoiding Carlisle tires like the plague after reading reviews saying they blow out easily and are dangerous.

I checked with the local Cooper place and their out the door price was $244 which leads me to believe the other place meant $122 EACH... but then again they are called "Budget Tire" after all so maybe $122 was for two (since I told her I needed two).
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What tires brands has folks here used and had good experience with? I'm on a budget and have found Kelly-Springfield tires at a local tire for an out-the-door price of $122 for two (Unless she meant $122 each.. hmm)

I'm avoiding Carlisle tires like the plague after reading reviews saying they blow out easily and are dangerous.

I checked with the local Cooper place and their out the door price was $244 which leads me to believe the other place meant $122 EACH... but then again they are called "Budget Tire" after all so maybe $122 was for two (since I told her I needed two).
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:58 AM   #3
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I bought Maxxis but this is my first fifth wheel, so have no experience to draw on.
But the maxxis were recomended as good tires.
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What size and load rating tire are you looking for?

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205/75/14, probably the 1760lb load range; "C" I believe that is.

I checked around in person some and found one place that has Cooper trailer tires in stock and are a few dollars cheaper than the actual Cooper service place that has them back ordered constantly with no clue when they'll get any in.

I checked with Discount Wheel & Tire in person and they have Carlisle (of course) but also Maxxis, Greenball and Goodyear. Coopers would be cheaper at the locally owned tire place I checked than for Goodyears at Discount Wheel & Tire after installation costs.

The Kelly tires sound like they might be good as I know the company has been around quite a long time. I recall a Kelly tire center being in a small town I lived in in the mid/late 80's when I was a little kid. Also I read online someplace that Goodyear now owns Kelly.

I've never heard of Maxxis or Greenball so I'll have to do some more research on them to see if I can find some reviews about them.
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I just put on Michelin XPS after having problems with GY Marathons. I have a friend that just bought his 2nd set of Maxxis and has no problems. Whatever you do stay away from Carlisle.
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I think Maxxis is going to be my choice. I've heard only good things about them so far. (hmmm..) Plus they're cheaper than Cooper or Goodyear.
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From conversations with a tire store owner I have known for years, Carlisle tire has worked very hard to improve their product. He says there is a big improvement in quality.
All tires must be used properly or unwanted results may occur. There are so many new brands of Chinese tires marketed today, how does one tell the good from the mediocre?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ray,IN:
From conversations with a tire store owner I have known for years, Carlisle tire has worked very hard to improve their product. He says there is a big improvement in quality.
All tires must be used properly or unwanted results may occur. There are so many new brands of Chinese tires marketed today, how does one tell the good from the mediocre? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

It's not so much about the country they are manufactured in, it's the quality in which the product was made. There's too much negative feedback about Carlisle tires to trust them. Even one review on epinions states that they ignored people's bad reviews of the tires and tried them anyway and had horrible results from them. I'd rather buy Maxxis than trust something that so many people have had problems with on travel trailers. Maybe the people who have good luck with Carlisle tires use them on open/flat bed utility trailers. I have a set of them on my little utility trailer myself which is all I'll buy of Carlisle tires since I never take that trailer more than a few miles in the city anyway usually.
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That is what I was saying Cubey. Maxxis is one of the Asian-made tires that appears to be a good one.
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